Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow will be seeking to reduce the powers of the president to guarantee separation of power, especially independence of the judiciary.
President-elect Barrow told reporters he wants to put laws in place to protect the judiciary from executive interference.
“We want a free and independent judiciary whereby nobody can influence the judiciary. We will put laws in place to protect those people running the judiciary. They will have that job security, they will have that independence. We will reduce the powers of the president,” Barrow said.
The Gambia’s outgoing President Yahya Jammeh has been using executive powers to control the judiciary. Judges were hired and fired at will and those that ruled against the state in politically motivated trials get fired and sometimes arrested.
The Gambia is said to have one of the least independent judiciary systems in Africa and its president has absolute power over the parliament and the judiciary.
Barrow ran for office under a platform for economic and democratic advancement. He has vowed to do away with draconian laws passed under Jammeh. Reducing the powers of the president, he said, is one of the key steps towards building strong democratic institutions.